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    22-24 June 2017
    Goldsmiths, University of London

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About the CIJ Summer Conference

#CIJSummer Conference 2017
How to Fact-check 'Alternative Facts'

Thu 22 - Sat 24 June 
(Please note the earlier than usual date)
Professor Stuart Hall Building
Goldsmiths, University of London

The CIJ Summer Conference is UK’s only investigative journalism training event with an emphasis on teaching investigative skills. This year we will focus on the skills needed to counteract the world of 'alternative facts' and plain lies: from fact checking, holding the strong and powerful to account to grassroots journalism projects with hands-on classes, case studies and talks. 

Keynote Speakers

How to fight 'Alternative Facts'? -
a panel discussion with Jessikka Aro (A Finnish journalists who investigated Russian internet trolls), Jasper Jackson (Assistant Media Editor of The Guardian), Alastair Reid (journalist, formerly from First Draft News), others - TBC. Chaired by Dr Yemisi Akinbobola (Birmingham School of Media).

Michelle Ye Hee Lee - is a reporter at The Washington Post's famous Fact Checker. 'Been fact-checking before it got cool'. See her experience of fact-cheking the US Presidential campaign. 

Anabel Hernández - is a Mexican journalist who has confronted head-on – at significant personal risk to her and her family – corruption and the narcotics trade in Mexico. She will deliver the inaugural Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Lecture

Peter Pomerantsev - is the author of Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia. He contributes to the London Review of Books, Financial Times, NewYorker.com, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Daily Beast, Newsweek, and Atlantic Monthly.

Others - TBC

Topics covered: 

- Fact-checking techniques
- Counteracting propaganda
- Data journalism
- Data visualisations
- Financial journalism
- Access to information laws, including FoIA
- Covert filming
- Story-based inquiry method
And much more. 

In this year's conference we will remember and honour our late director Gavin MacFadyen and legendary data journalism trainer David Donald. Both died of lung cancer last year.  

#CIJSummer 2016 in the media:

Media Matters: Innovation holds the key to industry's survival by Colette Sexton for The Sunday Business Post
Information Security for Journalists: Protecting your data and sources online by Caroline Scott for journalism.co.uk
3 Challenges the Bristol Cable Faces as it continues to grow by Caroline Scott for journalism.co.uk
The Ferret's road to sustainability as a media co-operative by Catalina Albeanu for journalism.co.uk
Attending Conference on Investigative Journalism by Zabihullah Noori for The Refugee Journalism Project
Learning About Tools for Investigative Journalism
by Vivienne Francis for The Refugee Journalism Project


"Fantastic, inspiring, progressive, forward-thinking and very well organised." 

"Probably the best and most valuable event of my life. Quality programme, quality people, well organised."  
"The biggest disappointment was having to be in three places at once!"
"Absolutely brilliant and utterly inspiring." 
"Well worth the money!"

"Always something to learn. Great access to speakers. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable fellow delegates."

"A truly enlightening experience! Well worth the money!"

"I am coming away inspired and with new skills."

"Learnt so much in three days that I will need three months to go through the information."

"Would have been awful to miss such a fantastic opportunity. Though a first-timer, what I have learned in three days has set in an explosive manner."

"Gets better every year!"

"Exceeded all expectations!"

"The programme was superb. I'll be back!"




Big Organisations (10+ people)
Days 1-3 - £470
Day 1 - £188
Day 2 - £188
Day 3 - £95 (full price - £108)

Freelancers and Small Organisations (fewer than 10 people) 
Days 1-3 - £370
Day 1 - £150
Day 2 - £150
Day 3 - £75 (full price - £88)

Full-time Students
Days 1-3 - £178
Day 3 - £45 (£53)

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#CIJSummer 2017

The CIJ does not make any profit on our events, all money raised is used to organise training and conferences. 
Thank you for supporting the work of the CIJ! 
Cancellations: a full refund, minus £30 admin fee is offered on all cancellations made in writing one month in advance of the #CIJSummer Conference by Monday 22 May 2017. 
Unfortunately no refunds are offered after that date. 
Tickets are transferable, but must be transferred like for like or the difference paid. 

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